Yusuf Abdulbasit Hozaifah writes,
Rabies is an acute viral disease of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by rhabdovirus, a pathogen carried in the saliva of rabid (infected) animals; dogs, bats, foxes, raccoons, e.t.c, and is transmittable to humans through bites.
When the rabies virus gets into a person’s bloodstream, it courses towards the brain to begin destructive action, which it announces with symptoms. The time between the exposure and the appearance of symptoms is the incubation period, which ranges from weeks to months.
Rabies is treatable if a person exposed to the virus seeks immediate medical attention because, without prompt treatment, the disease becomes fatal. Patients who reach the advanced symptomatic stage eventually die as there is no proven cure for the disease.
The early symptoms of rabies can be very similar to those of flu; chills, muscle spasms/aches, congestion and fatigue. However, later signs are often more-pronounced and complicated. They include nausea, confusion, excessive salivation, difficulty in swallowing, agitation, hallucinations, partial paralyses, fear brought on by air blowing on the face, fear of water and barking.
Rabies prevention is mostly about adequate pet care and proper outdoor behaviour. Desist from approaching wild animals!
When a rabies carrier bites or scratches you, or licks your sores, ensure to disinfect the wound immediately to reduce the extent of viral infection or particles and proceed to seek medical attention.
Anyone bitten by a rabid carrier (dogs, wolves, bats) should get post-exposure prophylaxis, a recommended therapy in which you confine suspected carriers for a few days after biting an individual to watch if they die or not. As most die within ten days of infecting their victim, it is ascertainable if the animal is a vector.
Preserve your vitality. A life without health is like a river without water!

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